\ ˈlȯft How to pronounce loft (audio) \

Definition of loft

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : an upper room or floor : attic
2a : a gallery in a church or hall
b : one of the upper floors of a warehouse or business building especially when not partitioned living in a converted loft
c : hayloft
3a : the backward slant of the face of a golf-club head
b : the act of lofting
4 : the thickness of a fabric or insulating material (such as goose down)


lofted; lofting; lofts

Definition of loft (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to place, house, or store in a loft
2 : to propel through the air or into space lofted a long hit to center instruments lofted by a powerful rocket
3 : to lay out a full-sized working drawing of the lines and contours of (such as a ship's hull)

intransitive verb

1 : to propel a ball high into the air
2 : to rise high

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loftlike \ ˈlȯft-​ˌlīk How to pronounce loftlike (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms for loft

Synonyms: Noun

attic, cockloft, garret

Synonyms: Verb

cast, catapult, chuck, dash, fire, fling, heave, hurl, hurtle, launch, lob, peg, pelt, pitch, sling, throw, toss

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Examples of loft in a Sentence


The kids' bedroom has a loft. He rents a converted loft.


He lofted a home run into the stands. The explosion lofted dust high into the air.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The grounds center on a 109-year-old home, and other structures include a guest cottage, a barn and a playhouse with a loft. Jack Flemming,, "Actress Glenn Close brings bucolic New York farmhouse to market," 18 June 2019 For more than a year, the Phillies have tried to get the 26-year-old to swing with more loft and drive the ball in the air more often. Scott Lauber,, "What should the Phillies do with Maikel Franco? | Extra Innings," 5 June 2019 Each Superior Glass Apartment comes equipped with a living area, a mini-kitchen, an upstairs loft with prime-time Aurora Borealis-viewing glass ceilings, a private bathroom, and its own private outdoor hot spa and sauna. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "The Snowman Glass Resort Is the Winter Vacation of Your Dreams," 20 Feb. 2019 There’s also a sunny loft with a half-bath over the garage, good for an office or studio. Judy Rose, Detroit Free Press, "Modern addition gives this 90-year-old Birmingham home a dramatic flair," 29 June 2018 The salon was first run out of his loft in New York, reports Complex. Lia Beck,, "Is The Hills' Justin Bobby Still Wearing Combat Boots To The Beach?," 25 June 2019 The kitchen, which has a loft-like feel thanks to the open mezzanine above, required minimal fuss. Marni Elyse Katz,, "Millennials decorate their Newport home with a touch of beachy glam," 20 June 2019 Upstairs, four bedrooms and a loft-like space provided plenty of room for the couple's children to grow. Holly V. Hays, Indianapolis Star, "Hot Property: This $745K home is a secluded gem just 15 minutes south of Downtown," 14 June 2019 Until recently, Da Prato cooked suppers in her loft in Brooklyn, or as pop-ups at restaurants around the city. Vogue, "Meet the Brooklyn Chef Bringing Her Etruscan Floral Style Back to Tuscany," 12 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Roberts, one of three current ‘Birds in Aberdeen on rehab, lofted a fly ball down the right field line. Randy Mcroberts,, "Roberts RBI double gives Aberdeen IronBirds season-opening win," 15 June 2019 And then Woods lofted his tee shot safely onto the fat part of the green, made par, and walked onto the next tee box in a tie for the lead. Nick Paumgarten, The New Yorker, "Inside the Cultish Dreamworld of Augusta National," 14 June 2019 Powell lofted a screen to Lolley for 19 yards to the Skulls' 14. Richard Obert, azcentral, "Rattlers rally from 3 TDs down, beat Tucson Sugar Skulls in OT on 2-point play," 9 June 2019 The Cubs led 8-4 and with one out, Russell lofted a fly to right fielder Dexter Fowler. Teddy Greenstein,, "Addison Russell wants to be a better teammate. Joe Maddon says Russell is 'making a great effort at being more open, more conversant.'," 9 June 2019 The company says its rocket can loft payloads to an altitude of 125km, exposing them to 5 to 7 minutes of microgravity time, before electing to deploy in space or return to Earth. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Rocket Report: Omega rocket blows a nozzle, NASA still wants 2020 SLS launch," 31 May 2019 The Giants were the beneficiary of their bullpen setup in a 2-1 win over the Dodgers Friday night when Brandon Belt lofted a foul pop down the left field line. Jerry Mcdonald, The Mercury News, "Dodgers call bull on Giants bullpen setup," 8 June 2019 But the rough patches are lofted by its vitality and refusal to draw its characters in terms of tragedy. James Poniewozik, New York Times, "Review: ‘Pose’ Demands to Be Seen," 1 June 2018 Defense ministry spokesman Wu Qian on Thursday told reporters the missile was capable of lofting both conventional and nuclear warheads, the latter to carry out a rapid retaliatory strike. Fox News, "China says advanced DF-26 missile deployed but," 26 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of loft


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1518, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for loft


Middle English, from Old English, air, sky, from Old Norse lopt; akin to Old High German luft air

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English Language Learners Definition of loft

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a room or space that is just below the roof of a building and that is often used to store things
: a high section of seats in a church or hall
: an upper floor of a warehouse or business building especially when it is not divided by walls



English Language Learners Definition of loft (Entry 2 of 2)

: to hit or throw (something, such as a ball) so that it rises high in the air


\ ˈlȯft How to pronounce loft (audio) \

Kids Definition of loft

1 : an upper room or upper story of a building
2 : a balcony in a church
3 : an upper part of a barn

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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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